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skip bail

To intentionally not appear in court after having been released on bail, which is a security paid to allow one to avoid imprisonment until one appears in court. Failing to appear results in the forfeit of one's bail. The worst thing you could do is skip bail—then you'll be a fugitive and everyone will think you're guilty.
See also: bail, skip

skip bail

Also, jump bail. Fail to appear in court for trial and thereby give up the bail bond (paid to secure one's appearance). For example, I can't afford to skip bail-I'd lose half a million, or We were sure he'd jump bail but he finally showed up. This idiom uses skip and jump in the sense of "evade". The first dates from about 1900, the variant from the mid-1800s. Also see make bail.
See also: bail, skip
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Handing down her judgment before a packed courtroom at Westminster magistrates court, senior district judge Emma Arbuthnot said she was not persuaded by the argument from Assange's legal team that it was not in the public interest to pursue him for skipping bail.
The Swedish case was dropped last year, but the arrest warrant for skipping bail in 2012 by seeking refuge in Ecuador's embassy still holds, the judge ruled.
Assange, 46, fled to the embassy after skipping bail to avoid being sent to Sweden to face an allegation of rape, which he denied.
He had pleaded not guilty to being drunk on an aircraft but after skipping bail was convicted by magistrates in his absence.
It is anticipated that he will be put before the courts today, where a judge will determine whether he should face further punishment for skipping bail.
Emeline Essertel, 24, is wanted by police for skipping bail after appearing in court on charges of theft, credit card fraud and possessing CS gas.
Yesterday the Western Mail revealed that, since skipping bail in March, the "French-Italian" au pair had taunted the family she stole from by posting pictures on her Faceher book page of herself having a good time back in France.
He now faces being extradited back to the US where he was given a 15-year jail sentence after being arrested in 2004 and skipping bail a year later using.
A PAEDOPHILE who spent nearly four years on the run in Thailand after skipping bail ahead of his trial for child sex offences has been told he cannot complain about his jail term.
At Maidstone Crown Court in Kent yesterday, he was slapped with an additional four months for skipping bail.
Guild failed to appear in court on November 16 and was remanded in custody on November 30 for skipping bail.
A DANGEROUS armed robber may be on the run in Ireland after skipping bail in the US, FBI agents warned.
People thinking about skipping bail should know that we never give up on finding them, no matter how long it takes.
Polanski now faces two years in a LA jail after skipping bail.
That, of course, is not a crime, but skipping bail 4 days before your trial on a more conventional charge is generally frowned upon.